‘See me coming’ orange blouse

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Did you have some great weather over the Easter weekend? Well here in the UK anyway, as we pull ourselves out of the grey. Doesn’t it lift the spirits to have to take off a layer or two and put on a bright print top?

Friday was wet and cloudy, however, giving me plenty of opportunity to run up this ‘see me coming’ orange blouse.

Since making clothes for myself I feel I have been far more adventurous in my choice of fabric than I ever was in buying ready to wear. Why is that, do you think?
This is the Sutton Blouse, a pattern I downloaded from the designer, True Bias, online shop.
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As described on the website, ‘The Sutton Blouse is a loose fitting V-neck top with kimono sleeves, a one piece yoke, and a back inverted pleat. The back is longer than the front and includes slits at both of the lower side seams’.

The fabric is a John Kaldor Peaseblossom crepe that I happened across looking at indie patterns on the Sewbox website, of which they appear to stock the lot.

Did you spot the spelling mistake on the selvedge edge?
I’ve never worked with crepe before. Apart from being extra careful when cutting out, keeping it flat and making sure it was not being pulled in any direction it was great to work with. I did learn, however, to use my walking foot for the long side seams. Using the traditional presser foot, one side of the seam came out a little puckered; not good when you have a seam straight down the centre of the front, but a quick un-pick and the use of my walking foot combated that problem.
Back to the pattern; it was faultless. Almost every seam was french seamed but the instructions (as I’ve come to find with independent designer patterns) made it a pleasure to sew up knowing that every execution was leading me nearer to an ‘almost’ perfect garment.

These are taken of the inside!


The little details make this a blouse I shall sew up again and again.

The inverted pleat
The inverted pleat
A one piece yoke over the  shoulders
A one piece yoke over the shoulders
The longer length at the back
The longer length at the back

With the top being fairly loose fitting, I did not make up a toile (that was a first!) but checked the fabric pieces against another top in my wardrobe.
And voila! A VERY wearable modern, clean top.


I would heartily recommend this John Kaldor dress fabric. I can see why I have come across it time and time again in the dresses of other bloggers.
This pattern would work up great in a plain crepe. My makes thus far have all been in prints. I find it covers a multitude of imperfect stitching!Sutton Blouse
Sutton Blouse

Love, Lucie x

27 comments

    1. There was quite a lot of unpicking that went on in the construction of this top! I was so keen to produce something I would love to wear as the fabric is a little on the pricey side.

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  1. That does look like a very comfortable yet chic top. I find it almost impossible to buy plain fabric to make clothes from whereas, if I’m shopping for ready to wear, I rarely buy anything patterned. I used to blame it on being a ‘patchwork person’ where nearly all my fabrics have designs of some sort on them and have to remind myself that I will be wearing it not throwing it over the back of a sofa or on a bed (unless I get lucky of course!) Another reason might be that, if you buy a strongly patterned item of clothing from a shop,you can’t help feeling it will be instantly recognizable and you are bound to see somebody else wearing the same thing. However, if you’ve married up a pattern and a fabric of your own choosing – the odds are very much against that happening.

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    1. Your comment did make me laugh! But I think you are right about not wanting to see a garment you’ve bought on everyone else. I once bought a cotton top from Next. White with massive blue flowers on it. I saw it everywhere! It was obviously a best seller. I saw it in the UK, in Portugal, Lanzarote – everywhere. It has quite put me off buying such a thing again.
      Thimberlina has commented that she has a dress made up in this John Kaldor fabric so I’m not quite safe yet!

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  2. This is a great top. I haven’t seen this pattern before, I’m going to go and have a look at it now. I love John Kaldor fabrics, they’re not the cheapest, but the quality is fantastic and they have some gorgeous prints.

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    1. There’s plenty on Suttons on google if you type it in, but not many in bright orange! I first saw it on the Minerva bloggers network, just recently. I’ll definitely be making it again. I’ve lots of drapey fabric from my recent haul.
      This Kaldor frabic was on sale at £7.45/m so a bargain really!

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  3. The top looks fab! I used the same fabric last year to make a Vogue dress and wore it to a couple of weddings. Remind me not to wear it if we ever meet up!! Now that would be a sight!! I must say it looks better as a top on than as my dress (and mine was spelt wrong too!).

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    1. Ha, ha! Now that is something we should avoid – wearing the same fabric. Off to look at your dress. It must have been pre me following you. Hope you’re having a lovely day.

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